This chapter examines the dark period in Bernstein's career. It first tries to determine the real reason/s behind Bernstein's decision to take a hiatus from conducting (one of which may be his blacklisting by the CBS and the State Department). It looks at the marginalization and isolation of the American Progressives from the mainstream of American liberalism. The next section examines the repression of several works during the 1950s, before it shifts to an account of Bernstein's experience of confessing to political sin and signing an affidavit that stated that he was not a communist and had never followed the communist line. From there, it follows Bernstein's rise back to the New York Philharmonic and identifies the ways used to recreate him as a mythic culture hero.
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